17052018-TTC-01.qxd 5/17/2018 4:00 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, may 17, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 135 | 28 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Centre: Ramzan ceasefire in J&K Says security forces reserve right to retaliate if attacked, no lowering of guard Army to lose advantage? Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 16 Endorsing the demand put forth by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Centre on Wednesday asked the security forces not to launch antiterror operations in the troubled state during the holy month of Ramzan. The move is seen as a bid to create an atmosphere of peace in the restive Valley and incidentally, the announcement comes two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the decision had been taken “to help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment”. It, however, went on to add that the security forces “reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people”, as the move is “not a concession to militants” and there will be “no lowering of guard during this period”. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a Twitter post, said, “It is important to isolate the forces that bring a Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service PEACE OVERTURE: Newly-appointed BJP state chief Ravinder Raina (right) holds a lotus at a welcome rally at the party’s headquarters in Srinagar on Wednesday. PTI Lashkar: Truce no option, ‘favour negotiations’ Srinagar: Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba said “ceasefire is no option” and “no thought can be given on such compromise”. In a mailed statement to local news agency KNS, Lashkar chief Mahmood Shah said the outfit is in favour of negotiations “but the talks of negotiations in presence of armed occupational forces are lies”. TNS bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror.” He added that the “government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully”. The announcement comes a week after Mehbooba Mufti had said that the Centre should consider a unilateral ceasefire in the state starting from Ramzan till the completion of the Amarnath Yatra in August. The fasting month of Ramzan is likely to start on Thursday. New Delhi, May 16 Seventeen years after a unilateral ceasefire by the Centre failed to yield results in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army on Wednesday walked into a similar situation where it cannot initiate operations but can respond to attempts by terrorists. An Army source said: “Our concerns have been met. Army can retaliate in case of an attack on them and also respond to any attack on the civilian population.” Sources said the search and destroy operations (SADO) and the cordon and search operations (CASO) would be reduced, or ceased during the month of Ramzan. The Army will still have troops out on area domination as convoys for winter stocking in Ladakh and Siachen are already moving through the Valley. Also, convoys carrying soldiers proceeding on leave need security cover. Within the Army, there is an assessment that this period continued on page 7 Cops to grill Kejriwal in CS assault case New Delhi, May 16 The Delhi Police on Wednesday sent a notice to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to appear before it on Friday in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February, an official said. Crying foul, the Aam Aadmi Party accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “misusing” the Delhi Police to “bother” Kejriwal. A senior police official said the notice asked the CM to join the investigations at 11 am on May 18. “In case such timing is not convenient, kindly intimate an alternative time,” the notice read. However, Kejriwal has not responded to the notice. There is a possibility that the police may ask Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia to join the investigation later. AAP state unit chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “It is for the Survey:Indore is cleanest, then Bhopal, Chandigarh New Delhi, May 16 Indore has emerged as the cleanest city in the country, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh in the government’s cleanliness survey. The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018, which aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country, were announced by Minister of State for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri. Jharkhand was adjudged the best-performing state, followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. This year’s exercise allocated substantial weightage to the feedback from citizens. Indore was the cleanest city last year as well, but that survey was conducted only for 434 cities. This time it was conducted for 4,203 urban local bodies. The names of the worst-performing cities would be announced on the day the awards are presented. — TNS Delhi most populous in world by 2028: UN United Nations, May 16 Delhi is projected to become the most populous city in the world around 2028, according to United Nations estimates released on Wednesday, which said India is expected to add the largest number of urban dwellers by 2050. The 2018 Revision of World Urbanisation Prospects said 68 per cent of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050, up from 55 per cent at present. Together, India, China and Nigeria will account for 35 per cent of the projected growth of the world’s urban population between 2018 and 2050. By 2050, it is projected that India will have added 416 million urban dwellers, China 255 million and Nigeria 189 million. Tokyo is the world’s largest city with an agglomeration of 37 million inhabitants, followed by New Delhi with 29 million, Shanghai with 26 million, and Mexico City and São Paulo, each with around 22 million inhabitants. Cairo, Mumbai, Beijing and Dhaka all have close to 20 million inhabitants. “By 2020, Tokyo’s population is projected to begin to decline, while Delhi is projected to continue growing,” the report said. The projected population size of New Delhi in 2028 is about 37.2 million, surpassing Tokyo’s 36.8 million, it added. — PTI Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. first time in the country that a Chief Minister is being examined in a fake case. Modi is misusing the police to bother Kejriwal, but people stand by him.” He also alleged that the PM was pressuring the Chief Secretary to pursue a false case. Last month, Kejriwal’s private secretary Bibhav Kumar and a party volunteer, Vivek Kumar, were also questioned. The police have already questioned 11 AAP MLAs present at the CM’s residence for the February 19 meeting in which Prakash was allegedly attacked. Kejriwal, his former adviser VK Jain and Sisodia were also present there. On February 23, a police team had examined the CCTV system installed at the Chief Minister’s residence in the Civil Lines area and seized the hard disk, a forensic report of which is awaited. — TNS /thetribunechd SC open all night as Cong, JD(S) contest invite to BJP Hearing begins at 2.11 am after K’taka Guv asks BJP to form govt Yeddyurappa ready for oath at 9 am, 15 days given for floor test Tribune News Service & PTI NewDelhi/bengaluru, May17 It is 4 am as we go to press and arguments were still on in the Supreme Court on a joint Congress-JD(S) plea challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s invite to BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to form government in the state. The oath-taking was scheduled for 9 am in Bengaluru on Thursday. With the Karnataka power tussle turning into a midnight courtroom battle, the Supreme Court said the general trend of its past judgments was not to restrain the Governor. The apex court also asked could it restrain the Governor from inviting a party to form the government, to which senior lawyer and Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said the Supreme Court had done so in the past. The court said was it not a convention that the single largest party got invited by the Governor to form government and prove majority. The three-judge Bench, comprising justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, said they were wondering whether the Supreme Court could restrain the Governor, which might lead to constitutional vacuum in the state. With Singhvi arguing that the Constitution gave immunity to the Governor only for discharge of duties, the Bench asked whether he wanted the court to scrutinise discretion of the Governor when it did not have the letter given to Governor Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi and (R) ex-AG Mukul Rohatgi, representing BJP, arrive at the SC. PTI AFTER DAY OF SLUGFEST, BATTLE REACHES SC IN WEE HOURS 8 pm: News surfaces that Karnataka Governor has invited BJP to form government in state 10 pm: Congress media head Randeep Surjewala confirms Governor has invited BJP despite the saffron party not having majority, says Congress will explore all legal options 10.31 pm: Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi moves joint Cong-JD(S) petition in SC against Governor’s office, seeks urgent hearing 12.25 am: SC Registrar Ravinder Maithani reaches Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra’s Vala that was the basis for inviting the BJP to form the government. Singhvi told the Bench, constituted by CJI Dipak Misra to hear the matter, that the Governor had negated democracy by not calling the alliance commanding majority in Karnataka. “It is the biggest licence to poaching if the Governor gives 15 days to BJP to prove majority as in earlier such cases 48 hours were given by the SC,” Singhvi said. He said the BJP had 104 MLAs and the Governor invited Yeddyurappa to form government in “unconstitutional manner”, even as JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy along with the Congress has 116 MLAs supporting him. Senior advocate Mukul house to discuss listing of the Congress petition 1.17 am: SC agrees to hear the Congress petition at 1.45 am, Singhvi tweets development 1.45 am: Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to represent BJP in hearing 2.06 am: Attorney General KK Venugopal arrives at SC; ASG Maninder Singh joins the team of lawyers for the Centre 2.11 am: SC Bench comprising Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan begins hearing in court number-6 Rohatgi, representing the BJP and Yeddyurappa, said no injunction could be issued to the Governor. This is the second time that the Supreme Court is holding an overnight hearing. The first was in July 2015 when the top court held a 90minute hearing in the middle of the night to hear a last-minute petition against the execution of Yakub Memon for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. In the evening when reports surfaced that the Karnataka Governor had invited the BJP to form government in the state, a belligerent Congress moved the SC seeking an urgent hearing on the matter against what it called was an “illegal- ity and unconstitutionality”. Singhvi sought an urgent hearing either on Wednesday night or before 9 am on Thursday ahead of Yeddyurappa taking oath as the CM. Post-midnight, the SC agreed to hear the Congress petition at 1.45 am. The Congress-JD(S) petition maintained that the BJP may be the single largest party but with 104 MLAs, it did not have the numbers needed to prove majority in the Assembly with an effective strength of 222. The Congress and the JD(S) have argued that their post-poll coalition of 116 MLAs had the majority and, therefore, the first right to form the government, continued on page 7 Related reports page 7
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